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Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

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Bangladesh Fiji India Kenya Maldives Tanzania

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Law, Civic and advocacy issues

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Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) is an independent, non-partisan, international non-governmental organisation, mandated to work for the practical realisation of human rights of the people of the Commonwealth. In 1987, several Commonwealth associations founded CHRI because they felt that while the member countries had both a common set of values and legal principles, there was relatively little focus on human rights issues. CHRI shifted its Headquarters from London to New Delhi, India in 1993, where it was set up as an independent legal entity. CHRI was one of the first Commonwealth organisations to move its base to the ‘Global South’. CHRI's overall objective is to achieve the practical realisation of human rights in the lives of ordinary people across the Commonwealth.


On International Human Rights Day (10th December), CHRI encourages civil society actors and policymakers to work together to put in place mechanisms to prevent future attacks on RTI users. CHRI published a first of its kind regional research report on women in the police in 2015, and has since been consistently researching and advocating for a comprehensive gender policy for the police. CHRI published a report titled Commonwealth at the Human Rights Council: A Decade of Voting (2006-2016), to mark the 10th anniversary of the HRC and CHRI’s sustained engagement with the Council since the latter’s inception in 2006. CHRI also co-organised a well-received side-event in September 2017 on the margins of 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on “Small States at the Human Rights Council: Building Capacity, Strengthening Presence and Developing Outreach”